Lille hang onto fourth but Auxerre close in on the Champions League spots; PSG held at Lens

St Etienne 1 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) Emanuel Riviere grabbed the opener for the home side with a neat finish, Stephane Dumont equalised for Lille from a corner.

Nice 2 – Nancy 3 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) A lightning start in Nice saw Nancy take a fourth minute lead through Djamel Bakar only for the hosts to level almost instantly when defender Renato Civelli scored from a corner. Nancy retook the lead in the 27th when striker Jonathan Brison scored with an unstoppable strike into the top corner from jut inside the Nice area, but a ding-dong first half ended level-pegging when Chaouki Ben Saada side-footed an equaliser in the 37th. With the match ticking into the second minute of injury time, Issiar Dia collected a rebound to claim all three points for Nancy.

Auxerre 1 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) Auxerre’s prolific Polish striker Ireneusz Jelen put the hosts in the lead in the 38th minute against Valenciennes when he beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper, and slotted into an empty net.

Lens 1 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After the ball ping-ponged around the PSG area in the 67th minute, Sebastien Roudet was on hand to smash home the opener for Lens. A brilliant last minute free-kick from Stephane Sessegnon earned the Parisians a point.

Rennes 1 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A solitary strike from USA international Carlos Bocanegra with 28 minutes on the clock proved to be the difference at Route de Lorient.

Sochaux 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) Sochaux secured three much-needed points as they saw off Toulouse 1-0. They were thankful to Ryad Boudebouz’s 82nd minute effort for handing them a first victory in six outings.